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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, April 23

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Not enough prayers to skew covid stats

I guess on Monday, April 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the number of new cases of coronavirus in New York was down “because we brought the number down. God did not do that.
“Faith did not do that. Destiny did not do that. A lot of pain and suffering did that.”
The next day he said, “Our behavior has stopped the spread of the virus. God did not stop the spread of the virus.”
I hear there were some Christian religious types who expressed their dislike of this.
Unfortunately, Mr. Cuomo was telling the truth.
Forty percent of people may indeed be Christian, but only 10% of them are born again.
Only 10% of those believe that Jesus is alive and well and heals today. And only 10% of those are brave enough to pray that God heal people of COVID-19.
This works out to only 0.04% of people willing to pray against the virus.
If the breathalyzer shows only 0.04%, the officer apologizes and wishes you a good day without so much as giving you a warning, because for all practical purposes you hadn’t been drinking.
Similarly, for all practical purposes, “God did not stop the spread of the virus” because only 0.04% asked Him to.
Either increase that number to at least 0.08% or stop persecuting Gov. Cuomo for telling the truth.
Joel Nelson
Schenectady

Examine facts on CDC funding cuts

Bonnie DiDomizio’s April 19 letter (“GOP bears the blame for Trump’s failures”) in which she claimed Trump reduced certain CDC budget items by 80%.
It caught my eye because I wondered how a Democratically controlled House of Representatives would ever allow such a thing to happen to any federal program, let alone CDC.
Actually, it didn’t.
The 2018 enacted budget was $7.6B and the 2020 enacted budget was $7.7B.
Seems like a lot to me.
There was some shifting of individual items, but I found no abandonment of infectious disease allocations.
If you’re looking for a nefarious budget reason why we are in the mess we’re in today, I’m afraid you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Perhaps somewhere in the Far East. Regarding the Pandemic Response Team, those duties were redistributed elsewhere.
I don’t think anyone who has heard from Drs. Fauci and Birx and the numerous other civilian and military authorities pulled together by Trump could say we are lacking in an effective team to combat the COVID-19 threat.
As John Adams noted long ago: “Facts are stubborn things.”
John Articolo
Guilderland

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